• Meet the Guasch Lab

  • Geraldine Guasch headshot.
    Geraldine Guasch headshot.

    Geraldine Guasch, PhD

    Principal Investigator
    Phone: 513-803-2607

    Geraldine Guasch is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Developmental Biology. She received a BS/MS (diploma) in Biochemistry from University of Montpellier, France in 1997. She then moved to University of Aix-Marseille, France in 1997 and received her Ph.D. in Immunology/Oncology in January 2002. She received a Human Frontier Science Program Post-doctoral Fellowship in 2002 while at Rockefeller University in New York City. She joined Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in November 2008. 

    Geraldine Guasch has recently been named the 2011 Sidney Kimmel Scholar and the 2011 V Foundation Scholar.

    Geraldine Guasch

    Headshot photo of Alyssa Gallas.
    Headshot photo of Alyssa Gallas.

    Alyssa Gallas

    PhD student

    Alyssa received her B.S. in Biology from Xavier University in Cincinnati. During her undergraduate career, she studied the transcription factors Osr1 and Osr2 and their role during lung specification in Xenopus under the direction of Dr. Aaron Zorn at Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation.

    Alyssa Gallas

    Headshot photo of Sarah Kastner.
    Headshot photo of Sarah Kastner.

    Sarah Kastner

    Lab Aide

    Sarah received her Associate of Science from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in June 2011. Sarah completed her co-op with the lab in From Feb. – April 2011.

    Sarah Kastner

    Heather McCauley headshot.
    Heather McCauley headshot.

    Heather McCauley, BA, BS

    Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Student
    Phone: 513-803-2689
    E-mail: heather.mccauley@cchmc.org

    Heather received her BA in Biological Sciences and BS in Kinesiology in 2007 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. While there, she studied the molecular mechanisms of fatty acid metabolism in skeletal muscle under the supervision of Dr. Lorraine Turcotte.

    Heather was awarded Outstanding 3rd year student presentation at the Molecular and Developmental Biology Student Symposium in September 2011. At the Developmental Mechanisms, Organogenesis and Stem Cells Annual Retreat, Heather received 1st prize (of 60) in the poster competition in April 2012 and 3rd prize (of 55) in the poster competition in April 2011.

    Heather McCauley

    Laura Runck headshot.
    Laura Runck headshot.

    Laura Runck

    Research Assistant IV
    Lab Manager
    Phone: 513-803-2689
    Email: laura.runck@cchmc.org

    Laura received her BS in Biological Sciences in 2005 from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH.  She then received her Master’s degree in Microbial Genetics at the University of Cincinnati in December 2008. Laura joined the Guasch lab in January 2009 studying the developmental alterations of human cloacas. Laura recently won 1st prize (of 60) at the Developmental Sciences Annual Retreat in April 2012, 3rd place for her poster presentation at the DHC Annual Scientific Symposium in Feb. 2014, and 3rd place for her poster presentation at the Developmental Sciences Annual Retreat, April 2014.

    Laura Runck

  • Previous Lab Members

    Marion Brusadelli
    Graduate Assistant
    Email: Brusadelli.Marion@gmail.com

    Marion received her License in Biological Science (Molecular Biology and Genetics). She is performing her internship in the Guasch lab to receive her Master’s degree at the Biotechnology Engineering Graduate Program ESIL, Marseille, France.

    Hanane Yahia
    Graduate Assistant
    Email: Hanane.yahia@gmail.com

    Hanane received her License in Genetic and is performing her internship in the Guasch lab to receive her Master’s degree in Biology/Genetics at the University Paris Diderot (Paris 7), France.

    Yanne Doucet
    Email: ysd2106@columbia.edu

    Yanne received her Master’s degree at the Biotechnology Engineering Graduate Program ESIL in Marseille, France in January 2012. She is currently a PhD student at Universite de Provence (Marseille, France) working at Columbia University Medical Center, Department of Dermatology under the direction of Dr. David Owens.

    Megan Kramer
    Research Assistant II
    Phone: 513-803-2689
    Email: megan.kramer@cchmc.org

    Megan graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 2009 with her BS degree in Biology. While there, she worked in an undergraduate neuroscience research lab and headed the Korsakoff Syndrome project under the supervision of Dr. Kristi Haik.

    Taiwo A. Lawal, MD
    Consultant Pediatric Surgeon / Associate Lecturer, Department of Surgery
    University College Hospital / University of Ibadan
    Ibadan, Nigeria
    Email: tailove177@yahoo.com  

    Taiwo received his medical education at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria (1993 – 2000). He had his residency training in pediatric surgery at the University College Hospital, Ibadan. He awarded the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Scholarship) to do a fellowship in pediatric surgery at the Hannover Medical School, Germany (2006 – 2008). He joined the Cincinnati Children's Colorectal Center Group in July 2009 and works on re-operations in Hirschsprung disease amongst other projects.

    Adrian McNairn, PhD
    Postdoctoral Associate
    Cornell University
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    Department of Biomedical Sciences
    Schimenti Lab
    Email: ajm459@cornell.edu

    Adrian received his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in 2004 from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY in David M. Gilbert’s laboratory. Adrian has worked on the role of the RNase MRP endoribonuclease in Cartilage Hair Hypoplasia in Mark E. Schmitt’s laboratory as well as the role of the cohesin pathway proteins in CdLS and Roberts Syndrome in Jennifer Gerton’s laboratory.

  • Gausch Lab group shot.

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